If you are love museums, then the capital city of Croatia should be on your next travel bucket list. Zagreb Tourism has always been centred around tourists who love exploring offbeat destinations on foot and those who love a mishmash of neo-architectures owing to the visual brilliance they reflect! Zagreb breathes museums due to its past history and the confluence of Western and Eastern cultures. Hence it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Zagreb has the highest number of museums per capita. Not only does this Croatian capital city have museums that tell stories about past invasions and preserved cultures, but there are a lot of neo-contemporary museums as well to pace up with the changing times.
Zagreb is a city that is meant for strolling and exploring on foot as the town is peppered with neo-baroque buildings, church spires, red roofs and cobbled roads. Make sure to have the correct pair of shoes on you because this city is rewarding to those who love to walk!
Places to Visit in Zagreb – Top 6 Must-Visit Museums
1. Museum of Broken Relationships
This museum is a showcase of poignant and delicate human emotions suffused with personal mementos and remains from any left-over broken love relationships. Created in 2003 by two Zagreb based artists, this museum is a testimony to the fact that they could not continue their relationship of 4 years but were reluctant to part with the sentimental reminders that were a part of the same relationship. This emotion from their fizzled love story inspired them to create this museum so that those items could remain together. The idea behind this museum was a huge hit as couples from all over the world started donating their personal items of heartbreak to this museum. Today, the museum has a collection of items that reflects heartbreak and melancholy. Some common items like teddy bears, letters can be found, but one might be surprised to find a bottle filled with women’s tears, a taser gun, ax and even a prosthetic leg!
The Museum of Broken Relationships is guaranteed to give you a heart touching and transcendental experience to a plethora of human emotions and existence. Get awed by the emotion and the idea of this museum. A little morose but this place is a perfect start to your Zagreb tourism.
Address : 2 Ćirilometodska ulica, Zagreb, 10000, Croatia
Admission Fee : Around 13 AED
Mon-Sun: 9:00 AM-10:30 PM
2. Zagreb Cathedral & Treasury
With its twin spires that tower over the city’s skyline, the Zagreb Cathedral and Treasury is the tallest building in Croatia and one of its most popular attraction. The Tartars initially destroyed the Zagreb Cathedral in the early 1200s and what tourists see today is a re-erected structure of this museum. This Cathedral is one of the top places to visit in Zagreb and it is meant for those who love exploring ancient neo-baroque Gothic architecture. What catches the eyes are the decorated spires which gives a dramatic vision of this Zagreb tourist spot.
Address : Kaptol 31, Zagreb, 10000, Croatia
Admission Fee : None
Mon-Sat- 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
Sundays & Holidays – 1:00 PM-5:00 PM
3. Technical Museum Nikola Tesla
Nikola Tesla always had a reputation of a crazy inventor and a mad scientist and this museum dedicated to his work is no less eccentric. This technical museum was established in 1954 to promote a sense of science and technology that was prevalent back then. Certain interesting exhibit features a Planetarium, the Mine, Nikola Tesla’s study, the Apisarium and the building in itself is a early 20th century rare European engineering concept of expo-halls in timber structures. Explore this museum to understand concepts of Geology, Mining, huge meter models that was used to find minerals and ores.
Address: Savska cesta 18, 10000, Zagreb, Croatia
Admission Fee: 10 AED
Tuesday-Friday: 9:00 AM-5:00PM
Saturday & Sunday: 9:00 AM-1:00PM
Closed on Mondays
4. Croatian Museum of Naïve Art
Naive Art is simple and uncomplicated but is equally intense on colour and patterns. The Croatian Museum of Naive Art is the first museum in the world to be dedicated to this form of Art. Works of renowned Naive Artists like Ivan Generalic, Franjo Mraz and Mirko Virius are housed in this very gallery. If you are an art aficionados, this is one of the best places to visit in Zagreb. The dreamy and uncomplicated art gallery showcases sculptures, paintings and much more that establishes Zagreb as one of the modern cities.
Address: Ćirilometodska ul. 3, 10000, Zagreb, Croatia
Admission Fee : Around 111 AED
May – October
Mon – Sat: 10:00 AM-6:00PM
Sunday: 10:00 AM-1:00 PM
Closed on National Holidays
November – April
Tuesday-Friday: 10:00 AM-6:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Sunday: 10:00 AM-1:00 PM
Closed on Mondays & National Holidays
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5. The Museum of Mimara
The Museum of Mimara is an eclectic building that is housed in a former neo-renaissance school. This school belonged to Ante Topić Mimara, who was a globe-trotting private art collector. A stark vision of 14th century wooden crosses, jade and ivory Qing Dynasty ornaments glassware from Alexandria, vast European painting collection by Caravaggio, Rembrandt, Goya, Renoir and Dega are some rare collections that will welcome you. But there is a twist, this museum hoards 95% fakes which was produced by the man himself and the rest he paid a handsome amount to some forgers to do the work for him!
Address: Rooseveltov Trg 5, Zagreb 10000, Croatia
Admission Fee : 22 AED
Tuesday – Friday: 10:00 AM-7:00 PM
Saturday: 10 AM-5:00 PM
Sunday: 10 AM-2PM
Closed on Mondays & National Holidays
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6. Museum of Illusions
An interactive museum, the Museum of Illusions will teach you a lot of practical lessons on Physics. This museum exhibits a lot of strange illusions which is fun in a way. For example, in one of the exhibit room, you can climb up on a wall and to the people in the adjacent room, your head will appear on top of a dinner table to be served for dinner! All in all there are a bunch of such fun exhibits which you will never forget. Also, don’t forget to stop by their souvenir shop and buy some pocket sized illusions to remember this neo-museum by!
Address: Ilica 72, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia
Admission Fee: 22 AED
All Days : 9:00 AM-10:00 PM
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